APPSC Group II (Group 2) Services 2023 - Preparation Strategy as per the New Scheme and Syllabus

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APPSC Group II Services 2023 - Preparation Strategy as per the New Scheme and Syllabus

Analysis of the New Scheme and Syllabus

New scheme and syllabus for APPSC Group II is balanced between the Screening Test and Main Examination. All the subjects are given due importance. This implies that comprehensive study of all the topics in the syllabus is required to qualify for APPSC Group 2 services. The syllabus is new to everybody. However, if you are preparing for APPSC Group 1 or UPSC Civil Services, you feel more comfortable. With the change of pattern of examination for APPSC Group 2, your preparation strategy should also be changed. The journey is not smooth but will be a roller coaster ride. But you have nothing to fear. Our website will support you. If you do as we said, you can easily crack Group 2 job.

Screening Test

You will appear in the Main Examination only if you qualify in screening test. Especially, seniors might neglect the screening test thinking that they can crack it easily. This overconfidence fails you. Always give due importance to the screening test even if you are fully confident. As per the new syllabus, Screening Test has the following five subjects: -


You shall study 60% of the syllabus comprehensively so that you will qualify for Mains very easily. Among the five subjects, you might be expert in any one subject. With one comprehensive revision, you shall complete the study of that subject. Among the remaining four subjects, you should comprehensively study at least two subjects. In the remaining two subjects, you can cover the most important aspects. This is a safety precaution. It is dangerous to leave even one subject without a first-hand reading.

As you are already known, Mr. Parige Sudheer garu, the Hon’ble member of APPSC, had already mentioned in his tweet that screening ratio will be 1:50 for mains. Again, from the same source, unconfirmed posts probably will be 1000+. With simple math, screening candidates will cross 50,000 (1000*50). This is a huge number. Hence cut-offs may not be higher. 50% to 60% of the total marks i.e., 75 to 90 marks probably are sufficient. But you never know. It is always best to be prepared for the worst. Hence 100+ marks in screening test should be your target.

Main Examination

In the Main Examination, the following 4 sections are included.


Competition is going to be difficult at this stage. Almost all of you might have already completed the first three sections. Only Science and Technology is new. Hence it is going to be the deciding factor to be in the final merit list. By observing the recent trend in Science and Technology from APPSC Group 1 Screening Test in Jan 2023, it is not going to be easy. You preparation standards should match for aspirants of Group 1. Only then, you can crack the examination.

Types of Questions being Asked in the Examinations

Nowadays, APPSC became unpredictable. It is switching between classic analytical concept based questions and factual memory testing questions. At the same time, types of questions are different in screening test and mains. If you have seen 2016 notification question papers, you would realise that those were classic papers. However, factual based questions dominated in 2018 notification.

Now, latest trend is ‘questions within questions’. If you have seen the APPSC Group I screening test that was held in January 2023, you would realise that, you need to spend more than one minute to read one question. With so much pressure built in the examination and time insufficient, you will not be able to answer all the questions even if you knew the answers. Along with quality, APPSC is expecting faster understanding and faster response time. This is new standard of administration.

You will not know which trend will be followed by APPSC in future. However, if you analyse all trends of all papers, then you can summarise that the following type of questions are being asked broadly.

  1. Simple, Factual and Direct Questions: Based on your memory power, you can either answer it or avoid it. "Who is the Prime Minister of India?" falls under this category.
  2. Simple, Factual but Indirect Questions: "Who is the chairman of NDMA?" falls under this category.
  3. Concept Oriented Simple Questions: Based on understanding of the subject, you can easily answer it. Example: What is the temperature at which liquid water has the highest density?
  4. Concept Oriented Analytical Questions: Unless you are thoroughly understands and analyses the topic, you cannot answer it. Comprehensive study is required to answer these types of questions. Example: What is the temperature at which liquid water has the highest density? What is the reason behind it?
  5. Mixed (Time Consuming and Confusing) Questions: these are ‘questions within questions’ type. 4 to 6 statements will be given in the question. You will be asked to mark which of them correct or which of them are incorrect. Different permutations and combinations will be given. This is where you will spend a lot of time to answer. If you spend too much time, you leave a few questions unanswered. But if you spend too less time, more chances that your answer will be incorrect. These are two edged sword type of questions. But you have to balance if you want to be a group 2 officer. Example: The question can be combined with different properties of water like D20, role in nuclea reactors, water availability etc.

Among these an average candidate can answer the first three categories of questions. If the paper is easy to medium difficult, then average preparation is sufficient. In this case, cut-offs will be lower. However, when the paper is difficult, then you will see the last two categories of questions. Only a shrewd candidate can answer these types of questions.

If your ultimate goal is to be on the top in the final merit list, your preparation standards should match to those who are preparing for Group I and UPSC Civil services. Otherwise, you will always doubt your future success. All the best!

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